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Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I want to associate myself with the entirely appropriate remarks the majority leader has made about all of the people who work here at the Capitol at this difficult and intense time that we have been through. We thank you very much for your outstanding service.

It is early and I will be brief. The most obvious problem with the bill before us is that it doesn't do what it was supposed to do. The one test for any bill is whether it will lower costs. This bill fails that test. It is also clear that even many of the people on this side who are going to support this bill don't like it; otherwise, the Democratic leaders wouldn't have had such a tough time rounding up the votes; otherwise, Democratic leaders would not have had to have votes in the middle of the night or at the crack of dawn or over the weekend or even during a blizzard; otherwise, they wouldn't be rushing it through Congress on Christmas Eve, the first time this body has had a vote the day before Christmas in more than a century.

This debate was supposed to produce a bill that reformed health care in America. Instead, we are left with party-line votes in the middle of the night, a couple of sweetheart deals to get it over the finish line, and a truly outraged public. A problem they were told would be fixed wasn't. I guarantee you that the people who voted for this bill are going to get an earful when they finally get home for the first time since Thanksgiving. They know there is widespread opposition to this monstrosity.

I want to assure you, Mr. President, this fight isn't over. In fact, this fight is long from over. My colleagues and I will work to stop this bill from becoming law. That is the clear will of the American people and we are going to continue to fight on their behalf.


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